So since I figured out that I really have way to much spare time on my hand (not really) I am going to try to add another thing to my plate. I posted a video on YouTube the other day under the title of Woodshop Confessions. This was the first of hopefully many upcoming videos. Please watch, give a big ol’ thumbs up, and subscribe.
I was able to drive up to Winston-Salem, NC today to stop by the Woodworking in America Convention at the Benton Convention Center. For those of you who don’t know, Woodworking in America or as the crazy kids call it WIA, is a three day woodworking conference with classes and marketplace full of woodworking vendors. This event is put on every year at a different location by Popular Woodworking Magazine. Due to my work schedule and a slight shortage in excess dough (will explain a bit later), I decided just to make the two hour drive to walk around the vendor marketplace. I figured I could afford the $10 to get in the marketplace to drool over tools I couldn’t afford.
It was really cool to be able to walk around and talk to the different vendors and even some of the tool makers. Now I’m not a complete power tool guy but I think we all know that I tend to gravitate a little towards them. I mean I do own a couple hand tools… well a set a chisels, two hand planes, and a few hand saws. But lets be honest, they collect more dust than they create. This place was hand tool heaven.
Now I’m not in anyway against hand tools, in fact I would really like to increase my skills with the tools of our woodworking forefathers. Its just I also enjoy being alive and well in 2014. The crazy thing about some of these hand tools is they cost as much as some power tools.
Now if one of you wonderful readers are feeling generous and would like to either donate a large sum of money or a complete collection of hand planes, chisels, and saws to me I wouldn’t be upset. Now they did have some power tool vendors there but not as near as many as I thought there would be. Saw Stop was the only large power tool company there other than Bosch with their hand held power tools.
There was also a bunch of different woodworking accessory vendors present. Micro Jig was demoing their GRRRRRipper and Kreg had their new Foreman pocket hole machine up front.
So it’s been said that I enjoy working on improving my shop. But I’m sure that I speak for a great many men and women who have that place they call their creative space, that there is always room for improvement. For me that creative space is my garage… my shop. I am always analyzing my work flow and shop organization to make sure that it is optimum. Well optimum might be a moving target that changes from time to time. Well today my drills and its place in the shop seem to be the subject of my current improvements.
At one point in a shop setup from awhile back my single drill hung on a peg board on the wall with the charger on the workbench below it. This seemed to work and it was always handy. But then my shop started to grow and morph closer to what it is today.
With that growth I found myself the owner of not only one drill but two. This not only helped with my work flow but also gave me the chance to build a drill charging station. This small piece of shop furniture seemed to work great for quite awhile… well that is until I picked up a cordless hammer drill and an impact drill. Now with twice the drills I had storage space for I had to take action. So off to sketchup I went.
I quickly drew up a small cabinet that would hang on my french cleats with a dowel that would hold the drills and a shelf for batteries and drill bits. I had a good amount of scrap pieces of 3/4″ pine plywood from previous projects so off to the shop to make some sawdust.